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I follow chabad custom which, when it gets down to my hand, I believe involves only wrapping one finger of the hand in addition to the palm. I make the shin on my arm. But the Shema says bind it on your hand as a sign. So shouldn't there be a shin on my hand like in Ashkenazi custom?

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"Yad" can also mean "arm." The "sign on your arm" that you're binding is the tefilin box on your bicep. You get the mitzva no matter which way you wrap the straps around your hand.

  • I've always read this "yad" as "arm". How else could the אות be on your "yad", assuming of course that the ot refers to the parshiot, rather than the retzuah. – Noach MiFrankfurt Jan 5 '15 at 18:17
  • @NoachmiFrankfurt But there are still krichos (wrappings) around the hand, aren't there? – Shokhet Jan 5 '15 at 20:14
  • @Shokhet, there are (in all of the mminhagim I've seen) – Noach MiFrankfurt Jan 5 '15 at 22:20
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    @NoachmiFrankfurt That said, I'm fairly confident that the sign is the bayis, not the krichos ;-) – Shokhet Jan 5 '15 at 22:22
  • @Shokhet, agreed. – Noach MiFrankfurt Jan 5 '15 at 22:22

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